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Proper Ink-Disposal Methods

People often ask me whether waste inks can be thrown in the garbage or flushed down the sink.  The short answer is “No” to both disposal options. 

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Printing Basics: Reflective Inks

Following is a brief explanation of the methods, and reasons behind them, when it comes to reflective-ink printing. 

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Screen Exposure in a New Light, Part 2 of 2

The biggest advantage of LED screen exposure equipment is its speed. Imagine exposing a screen in 20 seconds as opposed to 20 minutes. 

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Take a Number

There are multiple ways to apply numbering to team uniforms, including sewn-on appliqué, heat transfer and CAD-CUT numbers, die cuts, direct screen printing and more. 

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Controlling Variables, Part 5

In the last article of this series on controlling the variables of the textile screen printing process, I will review the factors surrounding flashing and curing procedures.
 

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Alternatives to PVC Plastisol Inks

Many screen printers frequently ask whether textile inks will ever become PVC-free. That question usually is quickly followed by, “What are the alternatives to PVC plastisol?”
 

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Top Tips to Improve T-Shirt Print Quality

One of the reasons I like working in this industry is that it has a great mixture of art and science. There is a craftsmanship feel to it that is palatable on the production floor.
 

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Achieve Retail Trends with the Latest Inks

Thanks to ink manufacturers, these three prevalent fashion trends can easily be duplicated in your shop.

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Match Colors Using a Color Wheel

Finding someone with a good eye for color was a must for any busy print shop. One of the tools we found really handy was the color wheel. Using this tool can help you see the relationship of color and give you examples of how other colors can be used during mixing.
 

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Demystifying White Ink

Screen printers have searched high and low for the perfect white ink. The truth is, good traditional screen printers can choose among a variety of white inks from each of the manufacturers, and each will work great if used for the appropriate purpose and under the right conditions.

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